After experimenting with this on the grill, I have to say that my electric griddle was a much calmer experience, patty melt-wise. If you don’t have an electric griddle, a large frying pan will be just fine…both give you a little more control than the grill. Here’s the scoop: saute a sliced up onion in some butter over medium low heat until it is tender and golden – this takes about 20 minutes, and in the meantime you can get your other ingredients ready, because when the patty melt assembly gets going things happen fast!
Heat up your griddle or frying pan, and generously butter four slices of bread. Form the ground beef into two patties roughly the size and shape of your bread, and fry them up on the griddle or pan to your liking. Keep the griddle hot and assemble things as follows:
1. Bread, butter side down
2. A couple slices of cheese
4. Generous spoonful of fried onions
5. More cheese
6. Second slice of bread, butter side up
Just to be totally clear, you want the buttered side of the bread facing out, so that it cooks up nice and golden. Now carefully place your patty melt on the griddle and leave it there until it is nice and toasted and the cheese is starting to get melty. Carefully flip and repeat. Now cut it in half, take a warm, juicy, melty bite, and realize that you will never be able to pass up a patty melt on a menu Ever Again.
By the way, one shared patty melt was more than enough for the Southern husband and me to feel completely happy. It might have been for the fact that I served it with some homemade potato chips on the side. So what if we had to eat nothing but salad for the next week? It was worth it to go to Patty Melt Heaven!